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  • 21st April 2008

    Ken unveils gay manifesto as Boris reveals Fund advisers

    Ken has created a gay and lesbian manifesto outlining 20 key pledges

    11:29 AM — The Labour candidate for Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has said he will "work to ensure that London retains its reputation as a welcoming and safe place for lesbian and gay Londoners and visitors" if re-elected for a third term on May 1st.

  • Campaigners plead with Home Secretary over Syrian deportation 8

    John Houghton, 20, is Chairman of the Scottish Youth Parliament

    10:55 AM — More than 20 members of the Scottish Parliament and a former Big Brother winner have called on the government not to deport a gay teenager to Syria. Jojo Yakob is due to be removed from the UK in 16 days.

  • Equality commission seeks your experiences with public bodies

    The EHRC is designed to promote a fair, equal and diverse society

    10:36 AM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission is calling for evidence from service users of public authorities such as hospitals, government and schools to find out if people are being treated with dignity and respect.

  • US gay couples struggle to divorce: the week in review 1

    Domestic partnership laws benefit same-sex couples but the rules surrounding divorce are not as clear cut

    9:45 AM — After years of fighting for equal treatment in regards to marriage, some gay couples are finally hearing the other shoe drop.

  • 20th April 2008

    Gay bishop to attend Lambeth conference despite previous rejection

    Bishop Gene Robinson is the most sernior gay cleric in the Anglican communion

    10:49 PM — The most senior openly gay cleric in the Anglican Communion, Gene Robinson intends to attend the 2008 Lambeth Conference to be held in Caterbury despite previously refusing to.

  • 19th April 2008

    Video: PinkNews editor takes Boris Johnson to task 8

    Boris Johnson is the Conservative Party Candidate (Photo: Elliott Franks)

    11:24 PM — At the Stonewall hustings for the Mayor of London, chair of the hustings, PinkNews.co.uk editor, Tony Grew, took Conservative Party Candidate Boris Johnson to task.

  • Ken steals Boris’s Mayor Fund idea 7

    Nearly 400 people attended the hustings

    2:20 PM — A new fund proposed by Boris Johnson designed to encourage the City to donate money to community projects could be used to help pay for a gay and lesbian museum in London, Ken Livingstone has proposed. He was speaking at a hustings for candidates for Mayor of London organised by gay equality organisation Stonewall.

  • Final PinkNews.co.uk Mayor of London poll

    City Hall, perhaps not Ken's domain for much longer

    1:14 AM — With the race to be Mayor of London entering the final fortnight, we're offering PinkNews.co.uk readers a final say to vote on their choice for the Mayoral and Assembly elections. To vote in our final poll, which closes on Thursday 24th April 2008, click here.

  • 18th April 2008

    After 28 years, Paisley’s heir apparent succeeds 1

    Peter Robinson has been DUP deputy leader since 1980

    5:14 PM — Peter Robinson will be the next leader of the Democratic Unionist party and Northern Ireland's next First Minister, it was confirmed last night. A meeting of the 120 members of party's executive committee backed the Belfast East MP.

  • INTERVIEW: Ken answers his gay critics 22

    Earlier this week Ken Livingstone took a trip round Soho to meet-and-greet gay voters

    4:19 PM — There has been much discussion in the dead tree press about the importance of the "pink" vote in the election for Mayor of London. Earlier this week Ken Livingstone took a trip round Soho and PinkNews.co.uk managed to catch up with him.

  • COMMENT: I have some questions for Ken

    On four issues Ken needs to explain why he has let down the LGBT community

    4:08 PM — London Mayor Ken Livingstone can justifiably boast that he has done much over the last 30 years to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Londoners. But in his second term as Mayor, he caused widespread dismay in the LGBT community.

  • LGBT lawyers forum launched

    Ben Summerskill with InterLaw Forum founder and corporate partner at Simmons and Simmons Daniel Winterfeldt

    3:17 PM — A new forum for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community within the legal profession was launched last night. The InterLaw Forum aims to strengthen diversity within the London legal sector and promote the recruitment, retention and advancement of LGBT talent.

  • Concern for Kyrgyz LGBTs after police raid

    Kyrgyzstan is a former Soviet republic in central Asia

    2:39 PM — A New York-based human rights group has said that a warrantless raid on an LGBT community centre by police in Kyrgyzstan "sends a chilling message." The police action in the capital Bishkek was the second time Labrys had been targeted in this way.

  • Euro politicians speak out on gay teen suicides 1

    Young LGBT people are facing homophobic bullying when they are still in education

    2:03 PM — A new report released by the Council of Europe this week has acknowledged that suicide rates among young LGBT people are "significantly higher" than the general population.

  • NHS in Wales to improve services for gays and lesbians

    LGB people in Wales are the most likely in Britain to think they will face discrimination when accessing health services

    1:22 PM — New guidance has been issued to the National Health Service by Wales' Health Minister. Edwina Hart said that the Assembly government had produced the guidance in partnership with Stonewall Cymru.

  • Neo-Nazi who attacked gays loses appeal

    National Socialist Front leader Simon Lindberg. Image: den-svenske.com

    11:58 AM — The leader of a neo-Nazi group in southern Sweden, jailed for beating five men at a gay rights party, lost his appeal yesterday. National Socialist Front (NSF) leader Simon Lindberg, had the three month sentence handed down by a district court confirmed by the Court of Appeal.

  • Ken and Boris trade blows over Mayor’s Fund

    Boris Johnson will announce his Mayor’s Fund for London later this month

    11:43 AM — The Conservative party candidate for Mayor of London’s plans for a new charitable fund for the city have been attacked as a "throwback to the nineteenth century."

  • Isle of Man drafts gender recognition legislation 1

    80,000 people live on the Isle of Man

    11:08 AM — Transsexual people on the Isle of Man will have their new gender recognised by law under draft legislation. A person who has had a sex change operation and has a full gender recognition certificate will have their new status legally recognised.

  • Court rejects sperm donor’s request for child access

    Mr Justice John Hedigan found that the man had misled the couple as to his true intentions

    10:57 AM — A gay man in Ireland who donated his sperm to a lesbian couple has lost his High Court bid for guardianship and access to his biological child. The 41-year old, known only as 'A', signed an agreement that he would not occupy the role of father but would act as a 'favourite uncle'.

  • Mayoral candidate is planning civil partnership

    The 49-year-old was until May last year the most senior out gay policeman in the country

    10:46 AM — The Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London is to 'tie the knot' with his boyfriend. Brian Paddick told the Pink Paper of his civil partnership plans in an interview published yesterday.

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